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National Summary


Becoming very wet and extremely windy overnight, with some heavy rain and some severe winds. The rain will turn to sleet or snow over parts of Ulster late in the night over high ground. Strong to gale force and gusty southwest winds will veer northwesterly and will be very blustery before dawn, especially in eastern areas. Turning much colder later tonight too, with temperatures falling to between 1 and 5 C.


Extremely windy and blustery to start on Thursday, with further severe gusts, especialy along the east coast. A cold day, with showers, some wintry, with some hail and sleet and a little snow may affect higher ground in northern and eastern areas. But those strong to gale force and blustery northwesterly winds will moderate through the afternoon and evening and the showers will become more scattered. Top temperatures only 6 to 9 C., and feeling even colder due to wind chill.


Headline: Very changeable and unsettled weather continuing for the rest of the week and throughout next week also. Thursday night: Cold and mostly dry, with clear spells, but there will be further scattered showers along western and northern coasts, some possibly wintry, mainly over high ground. Moderate to fresh west to northwest winds will back westerly in direction and ease. Minimum temperatures minus 1 to plus 4 Celsius, with a risk of a slight frost, especially in the midlands, east and northeast. Friday: Mainly dry and bright at first, with sunny spells and just isolated showers, but wet and windy weather will spread gradually from the Atlantic as the day progresses. Becoming misty in many areas, with hill and coastal fog developing, especially on Atlantic coasts. Cold at first, but strengthening south to southwest winds will introduce milder conditions later. Friday night will be mild, with further outbreaks of rain and drizzle, turning heavy in the western half of the country by morning. Saturday: Wet and windy at first with persistent and locally heavy rain spreading eastwards in the morning, with fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds. Brighter conditions, with sunny spells and just a few scattered showers, will follow from the Atlantic and winds will ease a little as they veer westerly in direction. Saturday night will be cold, with minima of 3 to 6 C.Sunday: Another spell of rain will cross the country from the Atlantic, with fresh to strong southerly winds. Brighter weather, with scattered showers, will follow and it will turn much colder, with some of the showers turning wintry overnight. Frost on Sunday night also.Further Outlook: Early indications suggest that the early days of next week will be cold, with bright spells and showers, some of them heavy, with a risk of hail and thunder, especially in coastal areas. There is a high risk of frost at night.

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Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

West, 10 Knots, Cloudy, 9 Miles, 1001, Falling slowly

Dublin Airport

West, 11 Knots, Light rain, 10 Miles, 1004, Falling slowly

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

West-Southwest, 22 Knots, Wave ht: 2.9 m, The visibility at Tuskar is 7 Miles, 1006, Falling slowly

Roches Point Automatic

Southwest, 20 Knots, Recent drizzle, 8 Miles, 1006, Falling

Sherkin Island Automatic

West-Southwest, 18 Knots, Recent drizzle, 3 Miles, 1007, Falling

Valentia Automatic

Southwest, 14 Knots, Mist, 3 Miles, 1006, Falling

Mace Head Automatic

South, 9 Knots, Light rain, 1.1 Miles, 1002, Falling rapidly

Belmullet Automatic

Southeast, 2 Knots, Light rain, 2 Miles, 1002, Falling

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

West-Southwest, 6 Knots, Wave ht:0.8 m, 1004, Falling slowly

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

Report not available

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

West, 6 Knots, Wave height not available, 1001, Falling

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

Southwest, 25 Knots, Gust 36 Knots, Wave ht: 4.1 m, 998, Falling rapidly

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 1800 Thursday 23 February 2017 Issued at 1800 Wednesday 22 February 2017

Meteorological Situation at 1500: A cold front is slow moving over Ireland in a freshening southwest flow. A shallow depression, roughly 300nm southwest of Slyne Head, will deepen rapidly and evolve into Storm Doris. The storm depression will cross eastwards across Ulster overnight, in a strong to gale force southwest flow. The flow will veer northwesterly in its wake and will moderate later tomorrow.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Fair Head to Howth Head to Carnsore Point and the Irish Sea:

Wind: South to southwest and increasing gale force 8 or strong gale force 9 and gusty tonight. Winds veering west to northwest late in the night and early Thursday morning and reaching storm force 10 in places and possibly violent storm force 11 for a time. Winds decreasing force 7 or gale force 8 and gusty at the end of the period tomorrow.

Weather: Fair in north at first. Mist/fog/rain elsewhere. Heavy rain overnight clearing to squally showers, some wintry.

Visibility: Poor to moderate in mist, fog and precipitation, good otherwise.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carnsore Point to Valentia to Erris Head:

Wind: South to southwest winds, increasing gale force 8 or strong gale force 9 and gusty this evening and tonight. Winds veering northwesterly overnight and possibly reaching storm force 10 in places. Winds will decrease force 7 or gale force 8 later Thursday morning and force 6 or 7 later in the afternoon.

Weather: Fair in north today. Mist/fog/rain elsewhere. Heavy rain overnight clearing to squally showers.

Visibility: Good in north today otherwise moderate to poor.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1800 Friday 24 February 2017: Strong to gale force northwest winds, decreasing moderate to fresh overnight. But strong and gusty southerly winds will develop during Friday. Showers at first, then mainly fair, but rain and patches of fog, will spread from the Atlantic later Friday.

Weather Warnings

National Warning

Update on wind warning:\nWinds may increase higher than the general yellow warning, in eastern areas, for a time, later tonight and early Thursday morning, with northwest winds of mean winds of 70 to 80 km/h giving gusts up to 110 to 120km/h possible.

Weather Advisory

A deepening Atlantic low pressure system is forecast to track across Ireland and Britain Wednesday night and Thursday. A status Orange wind warning has been issued by the UK Met Office for northern England and Wales and so the depression has been named Storm Doris. Status Yellow wind and rainfall warnings are in operation for Ireland and the rest of Britain.

Gale Warning

1)South to southwesterly winds, veering northwesterly, will reach gale force 8 or strong gale force 9 tonight and for a time tomorrow, on all Irish Coastal Waters and on the Irish Sea. \n2.Northwest winds will reach storm force 10 during Thursday morning, on Irish coastal waters from Fair Head to Howth Head to Carnsore Point and on the Irish Sea.